How to Convert CD to ISO Image

by Josh Baum

An ISO image is a digital data file that functions similarly to a CD-ROM disc. If you have a CD-ROM disc and the right software, you can create an ISO image of the disc easily. This ISO image can be burned onto a blank disc at a later time to create a copy, and in the meantime it can be held onto as a backup in case the original disc is ever scratched or lost.

Download the installation file for the free software utility MagicISO (see Resources).

Open the download file for MagicISO and follow the on-screen instructions to install the program to your computer. At the end of the installation, launch MagicISO.

Open your CD-ROM drive, put the disc inside and close it.

Click the "Make ISO from CD-ROM" icon in the MagicISO interface window; the icon looks like a CD-ROM disc hovering above a CD-ROM drive. Clicking this icon will open a new pop-up window.

Click the drag-down menu next to the phrase "Choose your CD-ROM." Select the CD-ROM drive that holds your disc.

Check the file path next to the phrase "Output file." This designates the name of your finished ISO file and the location where it will be left when the ISO creation process is finished. If you would like to change either of these factors, click the open folder icon next to the file path. You can select a new file path and rename the finished file within the window that pops up.

Make sure the option "Make CD Image" is checked, then click the OK button. The ISO burning process will begin immediately, and you will be notified when it has concluded.

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